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Comment Re:Too many cores. (Score 1) 77

It's not just too many cores, it's too much everything. They've taken a crappy, underpowered chip that was trimmed to the bone to try and make something that competes with Arm, and are hacking on extras to make it sound more like a Xeon. In which case why not just use any non-Atom CPU, not necessarily a Xeon but just something that isn't as bare-bones as the Atom, and use that. Or an AMD G-series APU.

Or could this be Intel's trick, that they've taken a Core 2 Mobile CPU, scraped off the Penryn label, reprinted it as Atom++, and are shipping those?

Comment Re:FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 209

Did the lack of this feature affect your buying decision?

Not at all. I was pointing out that the lack of a feature that I, and I'd guess about 99% of the rest of the market, never uses anyway isn't a big deal. As others have pointed out, this seems more like a means of appeasing the broadcaster lobby than something anyone really cares about.

Comment Re:FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 209

What this issue is about are those who have the tuner hardware that is crippled or disabled by the vendor.

I haven't listened to radio in at least ten years (who needs to when there's streaming and MP3s), but I object to having the FM radio in my phone crippled like this. It should be my choice to ignore the radio, not the phone vendors.

Comment Re:Low Interest In The Public (Score 1) 216

That isn't going to help. PGP's had a quarter of a century to get going, if it was going to work it would have worked by now. What we have now, that does work and that anyone can use, is stuff like WhatsApp and Signal. They won, everything else lost. If you're playing a game you can't win, you change the rules, which is what things like WhatsApp have done.

Comment Re:video is still control electronics (Score 1) 307

Can you collect enough light by purely optical means to transmit it over fibre optic cable to a remote sensor? As you might be able to tell from my reply, I do nuclear physics, not optics, so I'm not sure if you can do that. You can get borescopes and the like, but they usually have a very limited length, and the image isn't so good.

Comment Re:Radiation wrecks robots? (Score 2) 307

Displacement damage isn't a problem in this case, it accumulates over years. The primary concern there is radiation embrittlement of pressure vessels, standard 316 stainless contains nickel which captures neutrons and forms an unstable isotope of nickel with an even larger capture cross-section, which decays into iron and (eventually) helium. So you end up with voids created as displacement damage from the neutrons that fill up with helium, which is not a good thing in a reactor vessel. Still, that takes years of continuous exposure to high neutron flux, not hours or minutes.

The issue here is that zoo of other particles that the neutrons create as they pass through matter: prompt fission gammas, capture gammas, decay gammas, inelastic scattering gammas, bremsstrahlung, and so on and so on, as well as alphas and betas due to neutron activation. Conventional rad-hard devices aren't going to help you much there.

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